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The Bone Season… not your average story

March 3, 2014

This debut novel created quite a sensation internationally, with parallels being drawn between it and the world of Harry Potter.  Published in 2013, it’s already been translated into 28 languages and the film rights were snapped up by Andy Serkis’s Imaginarium Studios. Author Samantha Shannon (22) deliberately set out to become a literary superstar, modelling her career after a study of JK Rowling.

bone season“The Bone Season is set in an alternate England where clairvoyance is considered a scourge against society. A fascistic government called Scion has made its business to hunt down clairvoyants and imprison, kill and – for a small number – assign them to a clairvoyant army based in the remains of Oxford which has been taken over by aliens.  The savvy young heroine, Paige Mahoney, is both first-person author and central character.” (source: Alistair Thompson, Scoop)

After having read it, I gathered that in about 1900, England, there was an explosion of humans born with varying degrees and abilities of clairvoyance.  This attracted an alien species to our planet, who feed on clairvoyant’s auras.  In exchange for having their pick of the crop, so to speak, they keep the rest of the humans safe from another kind of monster that feeds on humans, and keeps the clairvoyants – viewed as unnatural and a plague on society – under control.  But of course, nothing is really as it seems on the surface.

To me this book was like nothing I’ve read before – part fantasy, science fiction, dystopian, and steam punk.  That said, the relationship between Paige and an alien evolved quite predictably, which was a bit disappointing. And it took me quite a while to get to grips with the unusual (invented) language used in places and the strange world of clairvoyance she has created.  But I did enjoy it, in the end, and will probably read the sequel/s.

If you liked Divergent by Veronica Roth, or The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins,  you will probably like this.

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